Benfotiamine is a synthetic version of vitamin B1, which is often known as thiamine. Used as a popular treatment and prevention tool for diabetes, particularly in Germany, it’s renowned as a highly effective and inexpensive form of B1 that’s easily soluble and absorbed by the body. For many people this presents a real miracle — they can manage their diabetes without having to spend massive amounts of money on other substances, and all without requiring extensive medical visits and checkups.

How does benfotiamine work? It’s quite a simple solution, really. Benfotiamine is so effective because it selectively blocks three of the four biochemical pathways that result in diabetes and related problems. Diabetes takes effect on the body by damaging blood vessels on these chemical pathways, which can result in larger problems for the body, including kidney failure, non-traumatic limb injury and resulting amputation, and severe heart attacks.

Diabetes is well established as a large problem for those affected by it, with related deaths very high and quality of life severely affected for those that suffer from it. Over the past 30 years, scientists and medical professionals have established that diabetes does the majority of its damage by injuring and destroying blood vessels in four major biochemical pathways in the body. How can benfotiamine minimize the effect of diabetes in injuring and damaging these biochemical pathways? It actively prevents the opening of three of those four major pathways, largely preventing the diabetes from having the same negative effects on patients.

Those that suffer from diabetes understand how it changes their health and physical state. By bathing cells in high glucose blood, many cells are unable to regulate and manage their glucose at regular levels. While many can operate normally in a stream of blood that has a higher glucose level — largely by self-moderating their glucose levels and keeping internal glucose at the right level — many cells fail to operate normally and end up developing much higher levels of the sugar than normal, leading to heavy cell damage, large health effects and permanent damage including blindness and limb amputation.

Many people believe that benfotiamine has only been tested in rats, which is completely untrue. While the drug has been extensively tested on rats, primarily because rats are a common substitute for humans in diabetes trials, it’s also been available as an prescription diabetes drug in Germany for over a decade. However, it has yet to be extensively tested in double-blind split trials, so has taken longer to get over to the United States.

Benfotiamine presents several benefits that other diabetes management drugs can’t offer. Firstly, it’s available relatively inexpensively and can provide a level of treatment and diabetes management that other drugs can’t match, especially in its price range. Secondly, it’s one of the few major diabetes drugs that’s available without any documented side effects. Thanks to its widespread use in Germany, there is a large test market already documented, further solidifying the power and safety of benfotiamine as an effective, safe and inexpensive diabetes cure.

However, benfotiamine is not an approved or readily accepted diabetes cure right now. While it’s proven to be highly effective in treating diabetes, it’s still in the clinical testing phase, and not recommended as the primary driver of your diabetes management. If you’re suffering from diabetes and want an alternative treatment method, the best way to go about it is through contact and consultation with experienced and qualified health professionals. Consult with a doctor or other medical professional and weigh up which options are the best, then set your diabetes management course into action.

Last updated on Feb 14th, 2010 and filed under Vitamins and Minerals. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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